Bangkok Tattoo

Bangkok Tattoo

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Random House, Inc.
From the author of the best seller Bangkok 8, a head-spinning new novel that puts us back in the company of the inimitable Royal Thai Police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

We return to District 8—the underbelly of Bangkok’s underworld—where a dramatically mutilated dead body is found. It’s bad: he was CIA. It gets worse: the murderer appears to be Chanya—a tough, sweet working girl who’s the highest earner at The Old Man’s Club, jointly owned by Sonchai’s mother and his boss, Police Colonel Vikorn.

Alerted by Sonchai, Vikorn quickly concocts a cover-up that involves Al Qaeda and Thailand’s porous southern border where, since 9/11, the CIA has been an obviously covert presence. But the truth will be harder to come by, and it will require Sonchai to find an ever-more-delicate balance between his ambition and his Buddhism, while running the gamut of Bangkok’s drug dealers, prostitutes, bad cops, worse military, and the pitfalls of his own melting heart (Chanya!)—most of which he can handle. But even Sonchai is not prepared for what he discovers at the end of his investigation.

Piercingly smart and funny, densely atmospheric, and—as we already know to expect from John Burdett—packing a surprise at every turn, Bangkok Tattoo is sensational.

Baker & Taylor
When the mutilated body of a CIA agent is discovered in District 8 and the killer appears to be a local working girl, Sonchai searches for the truth amid a cover-up orchestrated by his boss, Police Colonel Vikorn.

Blackwell North Amer
From the author of the best seller Bangkok 8, a new novel that puts us back in the company of the inimitable Royal Thai Police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep.
We return to District 8 - the underbelly of Bangkok's underworld - where a dramatically mutilated dead body is found. It's bad: he was CIA. It gets worse: the murderer appears to be Chanya - a tough, sweet working girl who's the highest earner at The Old Man's Club, jointly owned by Sonchai's mother and his boss, Police Colonel Vikorn.
Alerted by Sonchai, Vikorn quickly concocts a cover-up that involves Al Qaeda and Thailand's porous southern border, where, since 9/11, the CIA has been an obviously covert presence. But the truth will be harder to come by, and it will require Sonchai to find an ever-more-delicate balance between his ambition and his Buddhism, while running the gamut of Bangkok's drug dealers, prostitutes, bad cops, worse military, and the pitfalls of his own melting heart (Chanya!) - most of which he can handle. But even Sonchai is not prepared for what he discovers at the end of his investigation.

Baker
& Taylor

When the mutilated body of a CIA agent is discovered in District 8 and the killer appears to be a local working girl, Sonchai searches for the truth amid a cover-up orchestrated by his boss, Police Colonel Vikorn, involving Al Qaeda, bad cops, military intrigue, and a cadre of dangerous men. By the author of Bangkok 8. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400040452
1400040450
Branch Call Number: M BURDETT
M BURDETT
Characteristics: 301p

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May 02, 2017

I am enthralled by these (perhaps) inside views of Thailand and its capital. The mysteries are well crafted and the characters are well drawn and I had no trouble believing them but never having traveled to an Asian country makes me a pretty soft sell. At any rate, I'm in love with this series and can't wait for the next one.

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duffh
Oct 01, 2013

If you liked Burdett's Bangkok 8, you'll probably like this. Deadpan humour, a chatty sympathetic narrator who keeps some secrets to himself, an obvious love of Thailand (even the naughty bits).

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